As a tea or syrup it is excellent at easing griping pains in the stomach or wind (as mums call it) Its a good friend to Irritable bowel sufferers because it relaxes gut spasm which can cause the pains associated with some bowel problems. lt makes a great cough syrup and is good at treating dry coughs, especially spasmodic coughing.
This herb has a number of uses, it can be eaten raw, juiced, or used to make a tea. It has a warming action on the body and so is great for fending off colds and ﬂu. It is also of benefit to stomach ulcers providing an anti-inflammatory effect and increasing the stomach's own production of protective mucus.
Wonderful for children, camomile is calming and relaxing and can help to settle an upset tummy, or an overactive child before bedtime as a hot or cold tea. lt makes a wonderful facial treat for tired puffy sore red eyes, place cold teabags over eyes and cover with a cotton wool pad, lie back and relax while chamomile anti-inflammatory and soothing properties get to work. It is also great for hay fever sufferers and stressed out office workers alike.
There really is nothing better for a toothache than sucking on a clove. It will kill the pain of a tooth ache and is also antiseptic. A gargle of numerous cloves infused in boiling water can be really effective for a sore throat.
Great used as a ﬂoral water to tone and astringe the skin, or as a warm drink for a sniffling runny nose or it makes a refreshing cordial. Go French and call it a pressť. It's delicious in the summer time with fizzy water and a slice of lemon. In the winter, we have elderberries, an excellent anti-viral which will halve ﬂu recovery time, they can be made into a lovely syrup for little ones.
The friend of nursing mothers, this herb eases colic when drunk as a tea, it can also be given directly to baby in a bottle. It is very gentle yet effective at easing an irritated stomach and can be drunk daily as a refreshing digestive tea.
This grows very well in the garden producing lovely flowers. The leaves are anti-inﬂammatory and have a modern and historic reputation for relieving migraines and the pain of arthritis.
This super Irish herb for the heart is effective for the symptomatic relief of angina as it can gently and effectively reverse age related degenerative changes in the heart. The berries are mainly used for this purpose.(Always seek professional help when dealing with cardiac problems)
Fantastic for skin, hair and nails, horsetail has an abundance of the mineral silica which keeps skin smooth and elastic. It was traditionally used as a cleanser for the kidneys and to remove excess uric acid, which can cause Gout, from the body.
Sometimes called Caragheen, this seaweed can be made into a soothing drink for bronchitis and coughs. For this purpose, l advise adding a small quantity of aniseed when you are boiling it up to improve taste.
Nettle leaves are full of valuable minerals required for robust health, as well as having a blood purifying or detoxifying effect on the body. They can be picked and dried in early spring and stored in an airtight container for use throughout the rest of the year as a tea.
Useful for migraine headaches, this herb improves circulation and has an antiseptic effect on the tummy.There is good evidence that it can also improve memory.
Sage Improves memory and attention in the elderly. It also makes a very effective gargle when made into a tea for sore throat, tonsillitis and irritating mouth ulcers.